tv Conversation with Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid CSPAN August 24, 2014 3:10pm-4:11pm EDT
hard to believe this little school beat all of the california schools. i like to say what a great impact it had on me. [laughter] it was an impasse for me personally that was important. i made the team. i got in a few games. it did not matter. and i got one of those beautiful white jackets. it was really such a wonderful part of my understanding with 18 was all about.
people never write about that team. glad to see you here. councilwoman deborah, thank you for being care. and crockett who is running. i told my staff, make sure i get crockett some money, i have not done that yet. ok. last time i spoke at the las vegas chamber of commerce, i said -- i know y'all had a lot of questions. we have each was of doing a little quiz here. i can give a speech on for 20 minutes on any subject you like or i can answer questions. i have told i have 15 or 20 minutes to talk and 20 minutes to answer questions. what about just going to the questions? i did not do the quiz, i just decided what we would do. we do not need to make this as formal. ask me a question, ok?
>> we have to speak directly into this microphone. it is a c-span microphone. it is not piped in. you have to speak directly into the microphone. i will be running the microphone for questions. if i could have a hand, we will get it started. councilwoman? >> obviously jobs and transportation are high priority for our community to get the economy moving again. i wonder if you could talk to the things you are doing in washington to help. >> the economy is, of course, very important. one of my main responsibilities is to do everything i can to
help create jobs. and i think it is always important to look at the past to determine what we should do in the future. when i first went to washington, i learned very quickly there are 2 main drivers of the economy. number one is homebuilding and number two is infrastructure. and now part of that is the water system and sources. all of the stuff we are doing with electricity. with the stimulus bill that is now five years old, i did i know where our country would be if for that. i went out to copper mountain to be there when they started
another project. we have, as we speak, 4 million solar panels there. it is hard to comprehend. they are big. 4 million of them. they are constructing up more. with searchlight. you cannot see it, but a short distance from the property i had and still have in searchlight. they have a section of land that is being transferred to solar. that was the result. the wind, and where geothermal all over the central northern part of the state. thousands and thousands of construction jobs. that was a result of something we put in at the stimulus bill. but we did other things. the state of nevada benefited
from what we had in the legislation because we had half a billion dollars to nevada for education. we were laying off teachers, were able to stop the flow of that. we had not enough. almost $100 billion in the bill for infrastructure. with that shot in the arm, the economy is not terrific a but better. it would be bigger and better than the clinton years if we had some public sector jobs. private sector jobs, you can see the numbers coming out. they are doing great. that is not enough. if we have public sector jobs. what are those?
infrastructure. the infrastructure is falling apart. henderson is more fortunate than a lot of places because it is a relatively new community. in other parts, that is not the case. we have a huge deficit in nevada. we have 50,000 bridges in the united states that is deficient. not 7000 but 70,000. 20% of our highways were given a f rating, they are just not safe because they need to be redeveloped. we need a new highways. [indiscernible] the house of representatives and the senate, to report the
senate, anything the government is in, we have done nothing public and that is a shame. for every $1 billion we spend on infrastructure, it creates 50,000 jobs. we just need to do more. there's such demand for the programs. much of it as a result of was we started with the stimulus bill. we had the neon project that redesigned the spaghetti bowl. we do not have the government involved in public sector jobs. >> my name is ed julian. i know it is a bit risky with this crowd here. i want to correct your foggy memory. in 1966 and 1967, a little town of boulder city went undefeated in football and beat in those three years. >> let me comment on that. boulder city, we were so jealous, it had grass. all kinds of things. [laughter] boulder city when i went to high school was much smaller. as they were so good. you had bill kendrick and bill macola and all of these athletes. they beat us most of the time. we were pretty good.
football, oh man. if i look back, boulder city was an extremely stable community. people had in their jobs. they were to down at the dam. they were coached by mccormick, a great coach. they coached those kids from the time there were little kids until they got out of high school. we had a very transient population. some kids would come to high school and stay a year. that is the main difference. boulder city was -- you were absolutely right. what was his name? green, -- what was it? they had such great athletes. they went on to college stardom.
>> the reason you won and baseball is because you stole our bobby peck. >> he was a first string catcher. bobby peck was at the most 5'5" inches, a very short, powerful, little man. he was all-state in baseball. allstate in basketball. he was a great player. he was a tremendous football player. bobby peck went on to play football in college. in the first was at junior college in california, the starting quarterback he beat out bobby peck. bobby played one year because he was beaten out by wood who is in
is the football hall of fame. he went to start at usc. bobby went to dixie college. he was all-star. he still holds records at the university. [laughter] >> we were scared to death [indiscernible] [laughter] >> i hesitated saying that this. we lost a lot of the games but we always won the fight after the games. [laughter] i can tell you some stories. we will do it sometime. >> my question is, why haven't you concentrated on bringing chinese tourists to nevada? at least 100 million chinese want to come. every 33 tourists in this country creates one job. it does not cost anything. >> here is what we have done. i had to file a procedural -- seven times. six times i lost. that was another travel
promotion act. virtually every country advertises what a great place it is to visit. we see countries like the bahamas, little countries, and big countries advertise about what a great plays. new zealand, australia, european communities about what a great place to visit. we did not do that. we would spend money to advertise, what we needed for people to come here. 9/11 scared people. we pass it. what we did, when somebody wants to come to america, a very small
amount of money and it has created millions of dollars. for the first three or four years, stephen klubeck, who was a full-time job for him. it has been wonderful for the country. we have done a lot to make it easier for people to come here especially from china with visas. we have made it easier. we have a long ways to go but we have made significant progress. you are absolutely right. the reason it is so important that we talk about tourism, nevada, especially southern nevada, can benefit because 1 in 10 people would come to america. more than that come to las vegas it now. las vegas is a destination resort. >> senator reid, if i have a question specific to the chamber
of commerce. health care is a big part of our community. some of our institutions including the university and unlv, the medical school question. there is a lack of funding. a handful of bills on the heel that are proposing to do something about that. right now, when a student graduates or leaves medical school, they leave the state because there is no funding to keep them here and provide for the programs. maybe you can speak to that topic. >> i would be happy to do that. bill nelson and i served on the house together. bill is a very talented and brave man. he was an astronaut. he has been -- he is a very good person representing florida. [indiscernible]
it is a rapidly growing state. health care has not been maintained at the level they would like or the level we would like because the population has grown so much. in 1969, we crated a medical school but we did it backwards. we should put the medical school down here and the law school up there. the reason it is up there in the henderson population and to have a good, powerful medical school. so, i am glad to see the regents are talking about making a bigger medical school down here. nelson and i are trying to create opportunities for education. in this stimulus, we were able to get some but not enough. we are lagging behind. you are right. having a medical school here, it is a good medical school, but small. what happens, if we can get people to train here, they will stay here.
we are losing a lot of are good people as i speak. we are trying. i am not going to get to various bills. there are other bills. if you want to, i can talk about them. some do more harm than good. states that are growing. >> senator -- >> if you would tell me who you are that would be great. >> as far as what i would like to address, this city, and this whole community supporting the veterans, and during our different conflicts, throughout the years, that is what this town has been known about. we need to help our veterans, as far as coming back from the campaigns today.
they are trying to find jobs and they are not being successful at it. we have 6100 veterans in the street and homeless. we need help. i would appreciate that. >> here is where we are. we have recognized, you can watch the news or listen to the radio, the veterans administration has not been doing well. it wasn't general shinseki's fault. he is a fine man. he is a war hero, clearly. rather than retire and go to hawaii, he decided to stay in public service. he had most of his foot blown off in vietnam. a good man. the bureaucracy got the best of him. why is the veterans a
administration so different now than it was 10 years ago? 10 years ago people were posting about the finest health care system in america, perhaps in the world. it was good. what has happened, we have had 1.5 million new veterans come back from the conflict center. afghanistan and iraq. they are a new type of veteran. we are saving lives that we have neighbors saved another conflicts. people have multiple limbs missing. a lot of blind people coming
back. problems that never existed before. they would have died in prior conflicts. in addition, this new warfare has been difficult. that is why we have -- it is a new type of warfare. in iraq it was street battles. they learned about placing these bombs every place. it is awful. afghanistan, different terrain, same warfare. it has created poster medics syndrome in a third of the people -- it has graded ptsd and a third of the people. the people injured are going to be in the need of veterans administration for the rest of their lives. shinseki is gone. mcdonald is here. i met with him. i visited with him prior to the nomination going forward.
the ship -- right the ship. he has been in nevada twice. we have been trying to get him to sign up on the pahrump clinic. they did. it is not easy. we passed one of our few pieces of legislation before we left. it was good. it was a good piece of legislation. the chairman of the veterans committee in the senate, bernie sanders, a liberal person worked closely with miller, his counterpart in the house, a conservative person. they legislated like you're supposed to. they put aside ideological differences and were able to get something done. is it going to solve novel of the problems, no. -- is it going to solve all of the problems? no. we will see what holes we have left.
it is going to be better. i was happy to see that mcdonald has made decisions already that are extremely important. frankly, i don't think bureaucrats are going to be able to overtake his prowess. >> good morning senator. mike davidson. the review journal -- thank you. i appreciate it. the other day the review journal did a piece that was complementary toward you concerning your ability to spearhead major legislation on behalf of the administration. as you look forward to the next couple of years given the midterms, the fact that people are talking about a lame duck situation, what do you think you will be able to spearhead with success given the gridlock that we have had? where do you think you will find success? >> the successful start in november.
we have the koch brothers spending millions and millions of dollars, doing a lot of it openly, a lot of it behind the scenes. they are all interested in one thing. making money. that is their game. they are spending a bunch of money not for the purpose in my opinion of doing anything to help the country. they are not interested in what we are doing with minimum wage, not interested in pay equity, women who do the same work as a man should get the same amount of money. i could go through all of this. they oppose all of them. they are very rich. they fund a lot of things they do, the chamber of commerce has now -- it is a right wing go
after democrat organization. they have tried, the third cycle they have been doing this, a lot of money comes from the koch brothers. they have an experiment going to see if money can buy our democracy. that is what it is. right now even though these huge amounts of money around the country, and the primaries are out of the way, they say we are going to win in ohio, a lot of money spent, we are going to win in new hampshire. they spent $25 million. huge amounts of money in louisiana with mary lambert. we are ahead there. arkansas, mark pryor, wonderful senator. tremendous human being. they started spending money against him last march. he is still ahead. he is running ads in arkansas touting obamacare. let's see where we have a shot in georgia. kentucky. we are concerned about south carolina and montana because of the bad break we had with the general there.
that is going to be the first test. i believe there are things that we can do dealing with infrastructure. some of the things that i have talked about with getting middle-class a fair shot is certainly important. corporate profits have gone up since 2009 by 300%. the working men and women of this country are lagging behind. we have to recognize we have a new world facing us. some compare it to the industrial revolution with changes in the workplace technologically. i am excited about the next two years. i'm excited about what we are going to work on before the election. i have excited about the lame duck. the last lame-duck, this is the time after the elections until a new congress started. it was extremely successful, what we did. lindsey graham said harry reid eight hour lunch -- ate hour
lunch. i hope we can get some things done before the first of the year. >> good morning. thank you for sharing breakfast with us. >> i didn't get any. [laughter] >> you missed out. given that you are the senior elected official for a state -- >> i didn't understand that. >> a state that has financial literacy better only than arkansas and mississippi, and given things like the recent fdic report about the capitalization of banks and unsustainability, should there be another crisis, given things like the relative lack of substantive reform as far as the banking and financial industry, what should we be looking at as far as legislation and paying attention to making sure that we don't sustain another crisis like we did in 2008? >> your question was timely. one of our accomplishments in the first congress, the first congress obama had was extremely successful. probably more so than in getting
-- than any congress in history. one that would be a close second would be the roosevelt administration. we were able to do some good things. you know about obamacare. there been some problems with that. if we had help from my republican friends, but they oppose everything about it. if you're 26 years old you can stay a insurance policy. if you have a pre-existing disability you cannot be denied insurance. if you are a senior citizen you get bonus checks. it is just, no lifetime caps anymore.
the reason we had large numbers, 60 was very short because kennedy was very sick. some of us know he was not going to come back. prior to that congress, 60 senators was never anything that was concerning. rarely did anyone initiate a filibuster. it was a rule of -- a golden world. we didn't do it often. that became the norm.
republicans have demanded everything we do, we have have 60 votes. that is tough to explain to people in a democracy that you need 60% of the votes. that is what we have needed. in years past that was not the case. take clarence tom is. he was marginally qualified. senator brian had voted against him. he could never overcome 60 votes. there are so many mother examples of that where dianne feinstein, no matter how you feel about her, she brought up something to stop the purchase of weapons. that passed. 52-53 votes. now everything is filibustered. lyndon johnson during his six years as majority leader had overcome one filibuster. i have had to overcome 600. everything.
they do the administrative things that happen in washington. they were mocking us. they were saying if you want to change it, we dare you. they didn't think i could get the votes. i got the votes and change the rules. for the first time in a long time the courts are taking care of -- taking care of. we have been able to get nominations done. we were able to for the first time control tobacco. we have the national service, the fraud association, we have lots of stuff we did. and we did dodd frank, which looked at wall street and what we could do to stop wall street from doing to us what they did to us before. we passed that. it was hard. if you want to get education on lobbyists, take a look at the financial world out there. they had limousines lined up for blocks making sure we would not change the law. did we change it enough? probably not. we now have the opportunity to ask, tell the financial institutions information. we made progress. more should be done. we can see that with the problems we have had here, especially with foreclosures. businesses have been treated so unfairly with the fdic. they take -- they aren't willing to save the person who took a
chance on that land. we have more to do. >> if i could ask you a specific question, the three kids mind project. >> we have for done that for a long time. for you folks in boulder city who don't know about it, there is a great hole in the ground out here cents after the war -- since after the war. we tried to decided for many years what to do with it. we put junk and it, because it is a big call. we have a man who has investors and their willing to put up money to build beautiful homes there. we were able to move that out of the senate. we hope we can get it out of the house. the house has been a graveyard for bipartisan legislation. we worked together. i started working with john hansen, dean heller has been extremely helpful on that. i'm going to continue to put pressure on the house to get that done. it is important to get that done. let me just do a sidebar here. everyone knows i have this
responsibility as the majority leader of the senate. it is nothing that i ever dreamed of doing, nothing -- nothing i thought would happen. i am fortunate to have the responsibility. but it is sometimes, the decisions are difficult. people say he is so partisan. i have responsibilities to take care of the majority and do my best to handle the minority.
he is a fine man. he set a good example for me. he included me and everything that went on with a nevada in a gala -- delegation. i have try to follow that working with senator hanson and dean heller. john ralston jokes about, made fun of hanson and me, saying i called john hanson john reid. we made the decision that we had been to a bitter race where i won by 428 votes.
fortuitously brian decided not to run again. we needed to work together. i know his dad. what a wonderful human being. john and i got together and said we will put aside our differences and work together. we did that. we have done -- we haven't agree philosophically on a lot of issues. we have done good stuff for nevada. the public lands act. i want go through all of that. but we did get stuff together. dean heller and i are working through our differences. we have a good relationship. it took am a few months to get over the fact that i tried to help shelley berkley. that is ok. we are off and running.
he attended my summit at the lake. we are going to continue to do that. we can be as partisan as we need to be. when it comes to nevada relations, we have to work together. >> good morning senator. [inaudible] >> about what? yes. right. >> [inaudible] >> i believe that that issue, here it is everybody. we have a tax system in america that is unfair to lots of people. since 1982 we have done nothing except make it more complicated
and less workable. we had bill bradley that set up basic tax -- three different levels of taxation. it was simple. that is gone now. we have programs like this, where we actually pay companies for moving jobs overseas. can you imagine that? we want to stop that. we had a vote. the last vote, we couldn't get it out of the senate. i believe that if companies are willing to come back, and a lot are coming back because they found that the workers here in america are more conductive. what we want to do is give tax incentives for companies to move jobs to america. the answer is yes. i believe we will have tax reform. i believe that even prior to doing major tax reform we are going to do something about inversions, where these are moved overseas. we did everything we could to humiliate them. they decided not to do it. we will continue to work on that.
the president is looking to do administratively what he can. we have a new chairman of the finance committee from oregon. a very bright guy. they seem to beginning along well. we will have major tax reform. if we can't, we will do minor tax reform. i don't think this year. it will take a few months. we may get something done on a smaller scale. to do a major tax return is going to take a number of hearings. we can't just lurch out as we have done for the last 20 years. it doesn't work. >> one more question. >> good morning senator. james green. medical marijuana is now a new business coming to the state. >> i can't inhale. [laughter] >> can you speak to the banking and department of justice? >> i think there is nothing to interfere with state and local government with marijuana. the attorney general has issued a statement that he is not want to do anything with prosecution. the treasury hasn't but they will. first of all, i'm not sure it is the great savior of local governments.
someone said to him you should have ham smoke marijuana because people that smoke marijuana, one of the side effects is they get the munchies, ravenously hungry. [laughter] anyway, he'd tried it and was able to eat. that's interesting. i look at so many things. the good presentation made by sanja goop to about the little girl who was so sick and having seizures. 100 a week. with marijuana she'd was able to ingest it. it helped her. i'm a big fan. i think as moving beyond that that is -- i don't know. i don't care anymore. i have so many problems in the law enforcement field. it should be handled. ok. [applause] i am so glad to be here. for so many reasons. down on lake mead boulevard, frontier boulevard, all those names. my little life now, we never had a home here that we owned. they rented a house in magnesium. i had to go the back way through
the desert. my wife and i, we have been together all those many years, i have fond memories of henderson nevada -- henderson, nevada. i can't get out of my mind the first am i really saw her. she was out in front of her car in short shorts washing the car. my wife, every time i see here, you see her dressed as she is very i see her in those shorts. thank you. [laughter] [applause] >> that's it. >> thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2014] [captioning performed by national captioning institute]
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join the c-span conversation, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter. >> senate minority leader mitch duringll had a breakfast this month's annual kentucky state fair. they gave differing perspectives on the health care system and theussed the importance to state passes economy. this 30 minute event was hosted by the kentucky foreign bureau. [applause] >> thank you. thank you all very much. all, let me advise you that jane and i have been married now for 35 years. i think it is going to take.
[laughter] decided we're just going to live it out. the first lady sends her greetings to you this morning. she about three weeks ago underwent a partial knee replacement. those of you who know jane know she is already up and going. crutches flew out of the window in about five days. she told her doctor that, like it or not, she will be back on horseback in about three more weeks. back on horseback in about three weeks. believe her. those of you who know her, i know you believe her to. be here again with some 1500 of my closest friends. to start out by asking the three people who mark cheney did not introduce here
today to stand up and give him around the laws. -- applause. [applause] always a thrill to be here at the breakfast right in the middle of the state fair. this state fair is a celebration, just as this breakfast is. farm community, our culture, our heritage, of what really makes kentucky what it is. we all hold soat dear and have been the foundation of kentucky since its .ounding together over the last seven years i have been governor, the foreign community and i -- farm community and i have overcome a number of challenges. as we all know, the big one was the great recession we all went through. but we have also experienced weather disasters, a finicky
market at times, rapidly evolving technology, a changing regulatory atmosphere, and the ongoing struggle to diversify. all farmingit remains the heart and soul of the kentucky economy. numbers speak for themselves. $46.3 billion. billion.ipts around $6 anyone who has ever tilde field raked hay or mucked out a stall deserves thanks, because those represent sweat and determination and dedication. they also represent long hours in the office or on the phone
advocating for farm families. as governor and co-owner of the small farm, i want to say here this morning how thankful i am to have leaders like mark cheney and the farm bureau helping to lead this farm economy into the future. we owe them a round of applause. mark, thank you. [applause] we have other partners in the effort. roger thomas and the governors bank policy. i want the agriculture development board and finance board to stand up again, because folks they do such a fantastic job of helping us diversify our economy. thank you. [applause] agriculturent of commissioner, our cabinet for economic development, our many county level officials, all of
these people together have made those numbers a reality. in this ever evolving world farmers need people in powerful positions to stand up for us. the focus is not on politics, but on real issues that affect our everyday lives. last year at this breakfast i talked about the need for farmers to have affordable health care. at that time the and roman. for connect, the kentucky health care connection was about to begin. i urged our politicians to stop the partisan bickering and faux tips on helping people. i told kentuckians from day one that look, you don't have to like to president of the united states. you don't have to like congress. there's a lot in this room that don't like either one of them. oris not about the president congress, it is about you and your families.
your children. and that you owed it to your families to go find out what connect to do for you. happy to report that over half of a million kentuckians took my advice. young and old, black-and-white, singles, families, democrats, republicans, city folks, country folks. you went looking for the fact. what you found was high quality, low cost health insurance. half of a million people. now they are getting care. the five counties with the highest farm related cash receipts, almost 30,000 people subsidize private health plans and expanded medicaid alone. in every one of our agriculture center counties across kentucky,
the number of uninsured families is dropped substantially. before connect, it in christian county 17% of the adults were uninsured. that number is now estimated at 12.1%. in montgomery county, not far from central kentucky, those numbers went from 18.1% uninsured to 19.5% uninsured. next toounty, down polaski county, the number went from 18.7% uninsured to 10.1% uninsured. in munro county that number went to 11.5%uninsured uninsured. that is in nine months. kentucky is second in the nation
in the reduction of its uninsured population. going from 20 percent of adults 2013 toinsurance in 11.9%. easy to recite numbers, but folks, those are not numbers, those are families. those are kentuckians. frank and renée. many of you know frank and renée . they farm down and casey county. i think they are here today. frank is a seventh generation farmer, raising primarily beef cattle. before this they could not afford health coverage. now they have insurance. their monthly premium is zero. frank told me that before this, skipped doctors visits and ignore health
concerns. when they absolutely needed care , they paid outrageous out-of-pocket costs. folks, that's not a strategy for good health. in fact, frank had a disturbing looking spot on his face that he couldn't afford to get checked out. once he got insurance through connect he saw a dermatologist. that spotless skin cancer. he had it removed. as frank said the other day, connect lowers costs and connect saves lives. most of you know joe paul mattingly as well. director.eau joe paul and his wife, luanne, have a dairy, beef, and grain farm in marion county. they are fifth generation grain farmers. he had insurance but his premium kept going out. an agent sent him to connect. there he found he could buy
insurance that was not only cheaper, but also better. now, that was not medicaid. nor did he get a subsidy. he is paying full freight. even so, he figures his premiums are about 20% lower for better coverage. he chose to bed, part of the solution instead of part of the problem. these are not politicians, their farmers. their kentuckians. they are just trying to take care of their families and preserve a way of life. if we could get the critics of health care reform to be like joe paul and be a part of the solution instead of part of the problem, we would all be better off. but that problem is familiar. poisoned byas been partisan politics and finger-pointing. 24/7 divisiveness.
you know, in kentucky we have divided government as well. we have got a democratic-controlled house and the republican-controlled senate. but we know how to make democracy work here. have joinedars i with that democratic house and republican senate to balance our budgets and rein in spending. as a result, kentucky is among the nation's leaders in export growth and job creation. just this year we passed a budget and we will be moving veterinarybuild a center in hopkinsville, kentucky. [applause] we are building things like the west kentucky bridges. underds of other projects the agricultural development fund program. since 2001 we have